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This blog post addresses the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 support questions you’ve been asking about for Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection.

Question: Which versions of Configuration Manager will support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

Answer: We are adding support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 in both System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and Configuration Manager 2007 with SP2 (includes Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Configuration Manager 2007 R3). This support and any required updates will be available in the same timeframe as System Center 2012 SP1 in early 2013.

More information:


System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1:

We will add the following operating systems to our client support matrix with the release of Service Pack 1:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Note: Systems with these operating systems will also be able to host a distribution point.

All site server roles – including site servers, sms providers, and management points – can be deployed to servers with the following operating system editions:

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

 
Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2

As with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1, we are adding the following operating systems to our client support matrix in Configuration Manager 2007 with SP2 (includes Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Configuration Manager 2007 R3):

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Note: Though these will be fully supported as clients, there is no plan to add support for deploying these as operating systems by using the Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment feature. Also, no site servers or site systems will be supported on any SKU of Windows Server 2012.

 

Question: Which versions of Endpoint Protection will support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

Answer: We are adding support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 in both System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1 and Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 with Update Rollup 1. This support and any required updates will be available in the same timeframe as System Center 2012 SP1 in early 2013. 

More information:

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1:

We will add the following operating systems to our client support matrix with the release of Service Pack 1:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

 
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 with Update Rollup 1

As with System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1, we are adding the following operating systems to our client support matrix in FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Note: For FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1 no site servers or site roles will be supported on any SKU of Windows Server 2012.

 

–The Configuration Manager Team

 
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